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This statue depicts Idrimi, King of Alalakh in the 15th century BC. Sir Leonard Woolley discovered the statue in a temple in 1939. The statue had been buried in a pit, following Alalakh’s destruction around 1200 BC. The statue is inscribed with a vivid account of Idrimi’s life and achievements, including the events that caused him to flee Syria, and the circumstances that led to his spectacular return. The inscription is recognised as one of the most important cuneiform texts ever found.
British Museum record: http://bit.ly/idrimi
Created by Tom Flynn with Dr James Fraser.